Murchison Falls National Park


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Uganda's Pearl in the Wild.

Written on: January 27, 2014   |   I visited in April 2009 The drive from Kampala is relatively long (almost seven hrs) although we made a stop over at Masindi for lunch. We are headed to Murchison falls National Park, one of the oldest in Uganda. The road stretch from Masindi to the park is not so smooth. Am told by our driver that it can be so tricky during the rain season. This is one of the scenic parks in East Africa. The long Nile beautifully snakes its way across the vast park bisecting it.
The water falls are a spectacular view. Here the mighty Nile narrows and squeezes its volume through a gorge(only 23 ft wide)! It then drops 141 ft down the cliff...what a force!
Four of the big five can be spotted in the park( I did not see rhinos) and for primate watchers, this is where to go. Chimps hang precariously on the tall mahogany, as do gorillas and monkeys.
Down the plains, Savanna animals are aplenty: lions, elephants, zebras antelopes and buffalo. At the river bank, most of the animals find their way there for a thirst quench. There are however the permanent residents here: huge hippos and crocodiles sun basking on the banks motionlessly. Its 5 PM and we have to make it back to Kampala by late night. We are told there is the luxurious Paraa Safari Lodge nearby but some of us are hitting the road again by day break!
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 11, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
I really enjoyed the high numbers of hippos and Nile crocodiles thriving in the river waters and seeing the wild game including elephants, waterbuck, buffalo, kobs and the rare giraffe tending to gather on the banks in search of drinking water. The bird species such as rare and vulnerable shoebill stork, saddle billed stork, goliath heron, African fish eagle, Afric... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
Woke up with morning coffee before setting off for a great game viewing that started with leopard, lions, elephant, great jackal, kob, Hartebeast, giraffe, warthog, hippo, monkey, baboons and lots of birds, all in the space of an hour and a half.

Murchison Falls boasts a wealth of very beautiful scenery. Combine that with an afternoon trip up the Nile to the bot... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 29, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Murchison Falls national park has the most beautiful water falls ever. The site of the water flowing down is so amazing and eye catching you cant stop staring. I recommend that the water falls are a must see to anyone who is visiting Uganda. It's the ultimate experience. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 14, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
Budongo forest is one of Uganda’s still proudly-conserved rain forests with an affluent biodiversity of over 49 tree species, various birds, and primates like the chimps with some areas being occupied by the locals.
Base your visit from Kaniyo Pabidi, which is the main park road to the forest. A forest guided walk, takes approximately 2 hrs through East Africa’s ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 06, 2013   |   Visited: Jun 2007.
Murchison Falls National Park was the first national park I visited on the continent – and it set the bar high! Here you are able to go on game drives, game walks and river tours while having virtually the entire park to yourself. Given the high density and diversity of wildlife here, this truly is a well kept secret on the African safari circuit.

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